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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Intrepid Patriots trade Seymour to Oakland

Posted by's Tim Graham

In Saturday's cutdown analysis for the New England Patriots, I wrote that we should expect more moves from the never-satisfied team before it opens its season Sept. 14.
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The Patriots have made a splash by trading Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders.

But nobody saw this one coming.

The Patriots have traded five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots will receive a 2011 first-round draft choice.

That's one heck of way to clear a spot on the 53-man roster to make room for a backup quarterback.

For once, the Raiders are taking a gifted player from the Patriots rather than vice versa. The Patriots fleeced Al Davis for receiver Randy Moss and acquired pass-rusher Derrick Burgess this summer.

Seymour, a member of all three of New England's championship teams, is coming off one of his best seasons. He led the Patriots with eight sacks, tying a career-high. He also had eight sacks in 2002.

Seymour, a 2001 first-round (No. 6) draft pick by the Pats, was in the final year of the four-year extension he signed in 2006. He was due to make $3.685 million. He will turn 30 next month.

The Seymour trade weakens the Patriots' formidable defensive line, but it's good news for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. His contract expires after this season, too. He wants a contract extension and boycotted voluntary workouts to make a statement. Now there's more money to go around.